Pros & Cons

  • Available integrated booster seats
  • Large cargo space
  • Base engine lacks power

Rankings & Research

The 2011 Volvo XC70's #11 ranking is based on its score within the 2011 Wagons category. Currently the Volvo XC70 has a score of 7.6 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 60 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.6
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 8.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2011 Volvo XC70 Overview

A six-cylinder engine, front-wheel drive and automatic transmission are standard on the 2011 Volvo XC70, while all-wheel drive and a powerful turbocharged six-cylinder engine were available. In general, reviewers weren’t overly impressed with the base engine’s power and acceleration. However, some test drivers noted that it still accelerates well enough to pass and merge on the highway. At up to 18/25 mpg, the 2011 Volvo XC70 has lower fuel economy ratings than smaller rivals like the 2011 Audi A4 wagon. Test drivers said the XC70 offers capable handling, and it has high ground clearance for those who want to drive on unpaved roads or trails.

When it was new, reviewers were impressed with the 2011 Volvo XC70’s interior, especially with the available wood trim. Critics said the front seats are comfortable, though some pointed out a lack of legroom in the back seat. There’s 33.3 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats in use, which is about average for the class. Standard features include an outside temperature gauge, dual-zone automatic climate control, locking storage compartment in the cargo floor, power-adjustable front seats, Bluetooth and an eight-speaker stereo with a USB port, satellite radio and HD Radio. Available features include front and rear park assist, a power moonroof, rain-sensing windshield wipers, heated front and rear seats, a navigation system, a rearview camera, integrated booster seats and a 12-speaker premium sound system.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2011 Audi A4 Avant has a higher fuel economy rating than the XC70, and it comes with standard all-wheel drive. Test drivers said the A4 wagon has plenty of power, and they liked its attractive interior and standard leather upholstery.

The 2011 BMW 3-Series Sports Wagon offers athletic handling, and if you want to shift your own gears, it’s one of the few wagons that are available with a manual transmission. Additionally, reviewers said that the 3-Series wagon has comfortable front seats and an attractive, high-quality interior.

Compare the XC70 to the A4 Wagon and 3-Series Wagon »

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